Nimrod Borenstein's compositions are gaining a worldwide reputation with performances throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, Israel and the U.S.A. His latest works are receiving exceptionally enthusiastic reviews and becoming part of the repertoire of many ensembles and orchestras.
Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, who has given Nimrod his full support for many years, recently conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for the world premiere of If you will it, it is no dream op. 58 at the Royal Festival Hall in June 2013. In February 2013 Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra also performed The Big Bang and Creation of the Universe op. 52, a large scale orchestral work in three movements.
Other highlights of the season 2012/13 included the world premieres of Fireworks op. 57 (pianist Roberto Prosseda - Italy March 2013) , Soliloquy op. 59 (Kronos’ Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler - New York April 2013) and the Cello Concerto op. 56b (cellist Sandra Belic - Belgrade Cellofest July 2013).
The current season 2013/14 is also tremendously exciting with many premieres worldwide. Amongst these are the Violin Concerto op. 60 (violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky - UK, May 2014), Reminiscences of Childhood op. 54 (pianist Pascal Amoyel - UK, April 2014), Meditation and Burlesque opus 43 (Tana String Quartet - Belgium, December 2013) and Poème opus 64 for violin and string orchestra (violinist Marie Cantagrill - France, April 2014).
Nimrod Borenstein's Shell Adagio for string orchestra, published by Boosey & Hawkes, was performed more than 30 times by 16 different orchestras during the past seasons, including a recent Carnegie Hall performance in March 2012. The Oxford Times wrote that “It could easily become one of the staples of the modern orchestral string repertoire like the Barber Adagio.”
Born in Tel Aviv, Nimrod grew up in Paris where he started his musical education at the age of 3. In 1984 he became a Laureat of the Cziffra Foundation and subsequently moved to London in 1986 to pursue his studies as a violinist with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music. He was then awarded the highest scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust to study composition with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music where he is now listed amongst the alumni as an illustrious past student.
Between 2001 and 2003 Nimrod founded and directed the Borenstein Music Festival and the London Concerto Competition whose patrons included Sir Colin Davis and Vladimir Ashkenazy. From 2007 to 2009 he was composer in residence of the YMC in London.
Nimrod Borenstein's wide ranging catalogue, which currently numbers over 60 works, includes vocal and orchestral music as well as solo instruments pieces and chamber music.
Nimrod Borenstein has just been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
‘There are few great composers in any generation. And I believe that Nimrod is one of the great composers of our generation’
CAMDEN NEW JOURNAL, London
‘Nimrod Borenstein is a gifted young composer. His ‘Shell Adagio’ is beautifully melodic and extremely approachable. This rich work could easily become on of the
staples of the modern orchestral string repertoire like the Barber Adagio.’
‘His music shows great depths of feeling, imagination and musicality. I am amazed at the breadth and intelligence shown in his compositions.’
PAUL PATTERSON, Manson Chair of Composition, Royal Academy of Music, London
‘For the past ten years I have edited for United Music Publishers a series of contemporary organ works featuring many distinguished composers - the quality of Borenstein’s work is amongst the best I have seen and subsequently published.’
DAVID TITTERINGTON Head of Organ Studies Royal Academy of Music, London